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Amazon Bellevue Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2476 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon Software Development Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Amazon Software Development in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Amazon Software Development in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1-1 mentorship
    Full ownership of a project
    Flexibility in work hours

    Cons

    Not a talkative work environment


  2. "It was easy, but exhausting."

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    Former Employee - Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amazon part-time

    Pros

    Would keep you moving, great excerise, stretch breaks, and an enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    Management wasn't very organized, super fast work environment, repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Become better organized.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Still here, still having fun, making history, and sometimes working hard"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Interesting/challenging problems to solve, which push the boundaries of technology and known limitations
    - Business impact of your work is immediate and feels valuable.
    - Incredible growth opportunities - can have the challenges and opportunities to be promoted in a very short period of time, versus other high-profile companies.
    - Leadership principles guide and dictate best practices, which helps to consistently uphold a high level of standards across hiring, quality of work, and
    - Work/life balance is way better than what the media portrays - working nights or weekends never happens unless on-call.
    - Office area is quiet and spacious, with tons of meeting rooms and a great view of downtown Bellevue.

    Cons

    - Business initiatives and top-down authority always take priority over technical debt, architecture fixes, and "building this properly", leading to massive amounts of operational pain without any end in sight.
    - Business and technical teams are fairly silo'd in most organizations, causing friction when it comes to delivery "deadlines" as well as requirements, since business does not respect the technical team enough to include technical needs in the OP1 roadmaps.
    - EOE is consistently de-prioritized for the sake of "moving fast", even if it means that the operational pain will increase 5-10x as a result of "fast fixes" that are never re-built properly, for the same reasons as above.
    - While technical designs account for the full scope of the work that requires completion, "Phase 1" seems to be the farthest the team will ever get for any given feature, given that it's "good enough" to suit business needs for 1+ years (despite not being built for any other use case than the original, due to the future phases accounting for the generalization & abstraction of the original problem into an elegant design).
    - 401k plan matching is horrific - half of 4% of your base salary.
    - Total compensation model is complete garbage - if you work entirely for the money (and not to get promoted / challenging problems / smart co-workers), don't work here - you will not be "fairly compensated" against your Microsoft, Google or Facebook peers.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize your engineering needs over your business needs; your engineers can help you innovate just as much as your business team can - but only if they're not stressing about the constant terrible-ness of their operations load.

    Also, pay your high-performing engineers what they're worth - even if it means the other engineers don't get paid as much, the compensation structure should be based on who consistently creates and provides value, not "who happens to be the most experienced", since experience does not always translate to value creation.

    If you want to stop good engineers from leaving for other companies, you need to start listening to their needs instead of ignoring them.


  4. "Site Merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People don't like to cooperate, they like to challenge. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it influence the mood of cooperation.

    Cons

    Very customer-focused, always try to create new things.

    Advice to Management

    More down to earth and watch what employers have done.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Amazon Fresh Associate"

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    Former Employee - Amazon Fresh Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Amazon Fresh Associate in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Amazon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Lots of time off

    Cons

    Forced to work in a 30 degree refrigerator
    Mind numbingly tedious tasks
    Your work productivity is determined by a rate which is over simplified.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better gloves to workers so their hands aren't freezing cold. The hand warmers are decent but not enough.
    Switch employees between warm and cold locations more frequently.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon fresh side of the house in Bellevue bout to move to kent."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours
    Times go by fast
    Basic tier benefits if full time
    A good job for a student
    Four - ten work schedule

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    On your feet the whole time besides breaks and lunch
    Your easily replaceable
    High turn over job so no chance of management to give you any training or chance to move up if your not in the clique

    Advice to Management

    Let others get trained in other areas of work.
    truck manager, problem solver, etc.


  7. "Above average entry level job"

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    Current Employee - Amazon Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Amazon Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, especially for an entry level position.

    Pay is above average for the kind of job it is.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work can put some strain on your feet even with comfortable shoes.

    Some problems are ignored until escalated past the AMs.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely needs more training for newcomers - it's a lot to take in for the first few days.

  8. "Tenical Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, never boring at work

    Cons

    high business growth means, lots of work, never ending workload


  9. "Warehouse assoicate"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are vey nice and work with your schedule especially if you are going school

    Cons

    They are very serious on quality and productivity. While you are working,you alway worries about the rate

    Advice to Management

    if you don't maintain the standard quality and productivity, they don't care more about you. Please try to work with associate especially during learning curve


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, operations heavy"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great quality work, especially at AWS
    - Smart colleagues
    - Scale

    Cons

    - Operations, pager duty, oncall
    - Frugal, no perks
    - Average pay


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